Since June 2018, Laurens works as Africa Programme Coordinator for PEN International. Previously, from August 2017 until May 2018, he worked as the organisation’s Europe Programme Coordinator. Prior to joining PEN International, Laurens worked as a Legal Adviser, Associate Legal Adviser and Legal Intern for the International Commission of Jurists in Geneva, on issues of judicial independence and rule of law, human rights of LGBTI persons, and counter-terrorism and human rights. Before that, he worked as an intern in the Human Rights Unit of the European Parliament. Laurens holds a postgraduate degree in law from Maastricht University’s European Law School in the Netherlands, a bachelor’s degree in law from Universiteit Gent in Belgium, and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history from Universiteit Gent and the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin in Germany. He speaks fluent Dutch, English and French, and basic German and Italian.
Laurens.hueting [at] pen-international.org